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News & Alerts

Belgian Industry Association calls for National Nano Register to be made as easy to use as is possible
The Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries has called on the country’s regulators to make the forthcoming nanotechnology reporting scheme as painless as possible to use. The organisation suggests that this could be done by building on existing processes within REACH that request additional information and assess risks, and...
NIA Meeting Report from EC Definition Workshop available for NIA Members
NIA recently participated in a technical workshop discussing the European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). The NIA meeting report from this meeting is now available for NIA Members
NGOs call for EC to treat Nanomaterials differently from Bulk Forms
A number of NGOs have published a joint position paper stating that ‘current EU legislation does not guarantee that all nanomaterials on the market are safe by [them] being assessed separately from the bulk form of the substance’. They suggest that, ‘as for every other chemical substance placed on the EU market, nanomaterials need to undergo a...
US EPA bans Sale of Company's unregistered nano-Silver Products
The US EPA has ordered a company to stop selling some of its nano-silver products in the country as they had ‘not been tested or registered’ with the agency. The products were marketed as containing nano-silver as an active ingredient that would help ‘reduce the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria’, but EPA contests that they cannot make such...
Dutch Food Contact Rules Revision covers Nano-form Substances
A revised version of the Dutch Commodities Regulation of Food Packaging and Consumer Products is to come into force on 1 April 2014. There are elements of the regulation relevant to producers of nano-form substances
ECHA publishes Safety Assessment “Best practice” for Nano REACH Registrants
ECHA has published the a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. Its contents are based on findings from the third and final meeting of a group it convened, the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN)
Nano-Silver to be reviewed under ECHA Substance Evaluation Plan in 2014
ECHA has released an updated version of its Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016. Silver is listed for evaluation in 2014 by the Netherlands due to concerns over the ecotoxicity of the nano-form of the substance, and its environmental fate
EU NanoSafety Cluster launches Database Survey
The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) is looking for respondents to a survey it is running on nanosafety-related databases worldwide. The objective ‘is [to] help owners and administrators of nanosafety-related databases to broaden awareness of their databases and to ensure interoperability of data’
German UBA Study favours single European Nano Product Register over many National ones
A study recently publishes by the German UBA has concluded that ‘the creation of [a] horizontal European register of products containing nanomaterials, which is buil[t] on present substance- and product-related regulations, is preferable to a separate register’. Their findings indicate that a register making use of existing regulatory obligations...
Survey on the administrative Burden of Nanoregistries - DEADLINE: 21 March 2014
NIA has been asked to inform its Members of a survey being carried out on the administrative burden of nanoregistries for companies
ECHA publishes 2013 REACH Evaluation Report; highlights Work done on Nanotechnologies
ECHA has published a report evaluating the work it had done in 2013 under REACH. In a press release, it states that ‘the focus of dossier evaluation activities was on compliance checks’ and that ‘928 were concluded during the year’ – three of these checks were carried out on registered nanomaterials
US EPA issues SNURs for five Nanomaterials; MWCNTs and infused Carbon Nanostructures targeted
US EPA has promulgated direct final SNURs for 35 substances, 5 of which are nanomaterials. These can be split into two groups: MWCNTs and infused carbon nanostructures (generic). The rulings will come into effect on 14 April 2014, though if ‘written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit such comments’, for a SNUR are received...
Belgium ratifies National Nano Reporting Scheme
The Belgian Council of Ministers has validated the country’s mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme. This will require companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market to register their materials. An evaluation is set to be run on whether products containing the materials will also need to be registered
German Environment Agency publishes Concept for European Nano Register in English
UBA has released an English language version of its Concept for a European Register of Products containing Nanomaterials. First published in German in June 2012, the document states it supports the creation of an electronic register ‘managed centrally’ at the European level as ‘national product register[s] would result in overlaps with varied EU...
JRC unveils Nano Web Platform
The EC's JRC has published an online web platform ‘which is mainly based on links to available information’ on nanomaterials. This is the culmination of efforts by a number of EC services in response to the Commission’s second regulatory review on nanomaterials in 2012, which stated that there was a ‘need for better accessible information’ and...
ISO issues new Guidance for Nano Labelling of Consumer Products
The Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies of the international Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC 229) has released its Guidance on Voluntary Labelling for Consumer Products containing Manufactured Nano-Objects (ISO/TS 13830:2013)
France publishes Results from the first Round of its Mandatory Nano Reporting Scheme
On 1 January 2013 France launched its mandatory reporting scheme for substances at the nanoscale that are produced or imported into France. A report, entitled Elements from the Declarations of Substances at Nanoscale, was published by the Ministry of the Environment and analyses the results of the first round of this registration
UPDATE: Danish Nano Register Notice to EC claims “it will be established how many uses of nano-Product do not pose a Risk”
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. The register 'will serve to instil general consumer confidence in nano paroducts as it will be established how many uses of nano products do not...
NIA Consultation: Danish Nano Product Register draft Order
The Danish EPA has notified the EC of a draft Order 'on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. NIA Members are invited to submit their comments on this Order to NIA
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.